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Sewing for Spring Break 2019: a capsule wardrobe for the sun!

Ann Siegle

Sewing for Spring break? Use your favorite Christine Jonson Patterns mixed in with other patterns you might already have to create a great spring break wardrobe that will jump start your summer wardrobe as well. This spring to summer wardrobe features essentials for your beach or tropical holiday!

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Travel Trio Three Raglan Tee Swim tee/rash guard: Any visit to a warm locale in the winter comes with intense sun on winter-white skin! Protect your skin with a rash guard sewn in swim or SPF fabric. Be sure to extend the neckband by 1/2” (the tee is designed for the soft stretch of rayon/lycra so the neck doesn’t need stabilizing before sewing and is designed to stretch, but swim’s snappier stretch needs a looser neckline to begin with.) Even though swim isn’t necessarily treated with SPF, a good swim fabric WILL block the sun’s rays due to the composition AND technical construction of the knit. Beware bargain swim from craft stores- buy your swim from SpandexHouse or other quality retailers.

Travel Trio Two Reversible wrap skirt: Sew this in two coordinating ITY knits for a reversible option or one single stretch woven or woven fabric for a swim coverup/sarong and skirt in one! This is one of the most versatile garments you’ll sew, and we like to wear sarongs wrapped over tee shirts for after-beach-wear.

Follow our Pinterest board for more great spring break (and spring wardrobe) sewing capsules.

Hoodie: for travel to your winter destination, and as a great layer over shorts for cool evenings at the beach or outdoor dining. Sew the Travel Trio Two flyaway reversible hoodie either in two coordinating solids, a print and a solid, or two coordinating prints. Think either classic sweatshirt look with rayon/lycra jersey in heather gray, reversible to a fun spring print in rayon/lycra jersey, or try two ITY prints, one bold, one subtle.

Shorts: The new Ann Normandy Sewing Pattern Bermuda shorts pattern for woven fabrics is a great sewing pattern that is exceptionally well fitting! The long shorts feature a side seam godet and a small pocket. The construction details are designed for an intermediate sewist but they are clear, well photographed and the details are impeccable.

Bikini: Try the halfmoon ATELIER Well’s Bay reversible bikini sewing pattern. We love multifunctional garments that are reversible and a swimsuit is definitely required for spring break!

Knit shorts: You can also make the Christine Jonson Patterns Perfect Pants Classic Wide Leg in a cropped length for a Bermuda short or even a cropped pant. Check out this version of the Perfect Pant Skinny using zippers in the inset pockets as sewn by sewing friend Diane.

The Perfect Pants can be used to make Perfect Shorts too!

The Perfect Pants can be used to make Perfect Shorts too!

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